Murray Roberts is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and co-ordinates the European ATLAS project, creating a transatlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe.
His previous roles include Reader and then Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he co-ordinated the development of the Lyell Centre. Before working in Edinburgh Murray was based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science with a period as Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Marine Science, University North Carolina Wilmington in the USA.
Murray studied biology at the University of York before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on cold-water corals and deep-sea biology has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the 'Cold-water Corals', the first book covering the biology and geology of these important deep-sea habitats, a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and holds an honorary position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises.